August Brings Wide Spectrum of Exec Moves to GovCon

August in GovCon saw one CEO change at a federal contractor, new assignments in program leadership and business development posts and several C-level appointments.

August also saw one industry veteran take on two C-level roles at the same company.

GovCon Wire covered 20 executive moves in August, see them below.

Top-level Moves

Schafer Corp. announced its new CEO is Michael Griffin, NASA’s administrator between 2005 and 2009 and also a former president of the intelligence community’s investment arm In-Q-Tel.

HP Enterprise Services (NYSE: HPQ) promoted Mike Nefkens to lead the worldwide organization on an acting basis, where he will work to pursue growth in business processing and applications.

STG Inc. announced a dual assignment for Rick Attilio, appointing him to serve as both chief financial officer and succeed President Paul Fernandes as chief operating officer.

Harris Corp.’s (NYSE: HRS) board of directors added Peter Chiarelli, formerly the Army’s vice chief of staff, for his experience in U.S. and global military leadership.


Novetta Solutions named Rich Sawchak, formerly the CFO at Schafer and at Paradigm Solutions before that, to serve as CFO and corporate secretary.

QinetiQ North America brought in veteran BAE Systems executive Gary Slack to take on the CFO position and also serve as an executive vice president.

Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) named Tom Colan to succeed Don DeBuck as VP and head of accounting, where he and CFO Paul Saleh will focus on system transformation.


Salient Federal Solutions appointed Dr. Robert Friedenberg to help transfer technology between the federal and commercial sectors as chief technology officer and senior VP for the commercial practice.

Sotera Defense Solutions announced Laurie Villano will lead its cyber systems and solutions business as SVP and will pursue business in Fort Meade, Md., a role she also held at Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH).

HP named Ramon Baez, a 25-year Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) veteran, to oversee global information technology strategy and the company’s own IT assets as global chief information officer.

ManTech International (NASDAQ: MANT) announced Eric Eifert’s promotion to senior vice president, he will continue leading the cyber defense solutions business unit.

Sector Program Leadership

SAIC Inc. (NYSE: SAI) announced a new role for Lee Carrick, appointing him to develop and implement growth strategies for the company’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance group.

ASRC Federal announced retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Cary Chun will lead the company’s expansion into the defense and intelligence space operations markets as an SVP.

Northrop named Teri Marconi a sector VP and general manager, placing her in charge of the naval and marine systems division within electronic systems.

NJVC named retired Air Force Col. Von Gardiner to head the company’s Defense Department programs, utilizing his experience as a former director at the Air Force Special Operations Command.

Business Development

NJVC also announced John Wallace, a 26-year veteran of helping senior executives carry out technology and operations goals, as its new VP of market management.

SRA International announced the return of two-decade company veteran Max Hall as chief growth officer and EVP, where he will aim to bring growth to SRA in the federal sector.

CGI Group Inc. (NYSE: GIB) named George Schindler, president of U.S. operations, to its new global operations leadership team comprised of him and six other regional operations leaders.

Capgemini brought in Booz Allen veterans Christopher Healy and Brian Murphy to help direct growth and oversee business strategy for Capgemini’s U.S. federal practice.


URS Corp. (NYSE: URS) named Debbie Thurman VP for contracts and procurement in the federal services division, moving over from ManTech International (NASDAQ: MANT) where she served as a senior VP.

Northrop Grumman announced Karen Williams will succeed the retiring Susan Cote as VP of contracts, pricing and supply chain, with responsibility for the company’s risk review process.

Grant Thornton tapped 30-year industry veteran Julian Rosenberg to help lead the company’s practice for advising other GovCon firms in working with federal and state governments.

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